When you are opening a new business, you have a lot to think about. Between premises, naming it, drawing in customers, finding staff, decorating etc. You have a lot to do to get your business up and running, and it can be easy to forget the little everyday things that you will need in your new restaurant to keep everything ticking like a well-oiledmachine. You'll already know the main cooking equipment that you will need in your restaurant equipment and supplies, but what about everything else? Here are some of the things that you may find you have overlooked in the grand scheme of things, and why you will need them:

  • Displays – Displays are crucial when you are attracting loyal customers to your restaurant. When you are trying to entice people into your restaurant and more importantly to come back to your restaurant, you have to make the place look the best it possibly can. Whatever kind of restaurant you are opening, this means that displays have to be modern and pleasing to the eye. This could be for desserts or beverages, but whatever it is, you need to think about shelving units, or fridges that suit the décor of your restaurant and that customers will like.
  • Wet and dry storage –This does not apply only to fridges. You probably know where all your spoilable food is going, but what about your takeaway boxes? Your napkins and straws? Do you have one big dry store in the back? Or do you have enough space to keep small, easy to reach supplies there for quick access? Your servers don't have the time to run through the kitchen for a drinking straw, you need to have storage out front suitable for small things like this.
  • Serving utensils – Not having enough serving utensils will infuriate your staff and slow down the running of your restaurant. You cannot let this happen. Make sure you get three of everything that you need, because that one ladle is not going to cut it. Things get lost, and things get broken quickly, so make sure that all of the little things have spares to grab in an emergency. You need to be prepared for every eventuality and this means having a lot more than you need, and the space to store it all in. Don't leave your staff hanging.

So, make sure you have everything you need before opening your restaurant doors. No one is going to do these things for you, and you need to take responsibility for your own business. Why not visit other restaurants in your local area and ask for their advice? Those who are seen as competitors, can sometimes be your greatest allies in times of need, and they will already be in the know about what little things you will need on opening day. Restaurant equipment and supplies is important to get right and can make or break a business.